I hope you are not tired of hearing my God stories because He is one of my favourite topics. This came my way yesterday and is too good not to share:
- When God Sends You Help, Don’t Ask Questions
She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside. The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag. He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick. but I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open. She hugged the man and through tears, softly said, “Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man.” The man heard her little prayer and replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a professional.” Is God great or what!?!
In 1977, while on vacation in Trinidad, I was introduced to Silent Unity, a 24/7 prayer ministry using affirmative prayer to provide others with faith, courage and strength. A delightful old woman named Miss gave me their devotional magazine, Daily Word, to take home. I subscribed to it for many years and have recently been re-introduced to this wonderful organization. The following prayer has been in my possession for over forty years and is within my daily vision. Happy Sunday.
“The light of God surrounds me; The love of God enfolds me; The power of God protects me; The presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is!” James Dillet Freeman (March 20, 1912 – April 9, 2003)
We are never too young or too old to pray. I was four years old when I learned to pray and am now eighty-three and still praying. Our world needs more people praying, young, old, and in between. Happy Tuesday.
My scripture reading yesterday was Psalm 80 and within that Psalm was this plea, “Restore us O God; make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.” It was repeated four times referring to the problem of the day. How wonderful that we can make it our prayer today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV. Happy Saturday.
Breathe on us breath of God as we welcome your Holy Spirit into our hearts.
Make us aware that talking about you is not the same as talking to you. Help us to do both.
Help us to overcome the obstacles that prevent us from enjoying a relationship with you.
Help us to trust you with the problems we face and the decisions we make.
When we are depressed and anxious help us to feel your love, peace, and presence.
When we lose our sense of compassion, remind us of your compassion for us.
Make us humble enough to know that without you we are incomplete.
Remind us to pray for one another that you would replace our grief with peace, our sickness with healing, our poverty with prosperity, and our self centeredness with thoughts of others.
Grant us the grace to live this day in your strength. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank you for hearing our prayer. Help us to be still and know that you are God.
We pray that you will help us to concentrate on our faith instead of our fears, on our triumphs instead of our troubles and on your power instead of our problems.
Help us to see our shortcomings and overcome them.
Show us that when we are unkind, inconsiderate or unthinking, impatient, indifferent or disrespectful, we hurt others.
Remind us that forgiveness is a prerequisite to peace.
In the decisions we face daily grant us the wisdom of Solomon.
For the times we are easily provoked grant us the patience of Job.
When we are tempted to doubt your promises, God, grant us the faith of Mary.
We pray for world peace, sound governments, the end of terrorism of every kind, and the prevention of dread diseases.
We pray that you will help us become the people you want us to be.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of my favorite people of history mainly because of his “Channel of Peace” prayer which when sung or listened to can bring a semblance of peace to a weary soul. The prayer is also a wonderful way to embrace life on a daily basis. Happy Sunday.
So many people I know are suffering from severe physical pain which is depriving them of the quality of life they are meant to have.
Will you please join me in a prayer for pain for all people who are afflicted.
Our Father in Heaven, we pray for your healing love to touch all who are suffering debilitating pain in different parts of their bodies. We thank you that as you hear our prayers, you will touch each one with your healing power and set them free from back pain, neck pain, knee pain…any pain that is limiting your people in their daily activities. We thank you for hearing our prayers and answering them in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you to all who will participate in this prayer for pain.
We have had a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer for the past few Sundays and it has been a wonderful learning experience to actually embrace the meaning of each sentence of that powerful prayer. I’m looking forward to, “For Yours is the Kingdom, the POWER, and the Glory, Forever. Amen.” Happy Sunday.
We sometimes think that change can be detrimental to our lives when in fact it can be very good for us. I’m thinking mostly of changes we make in ourselves and our thinking. It is interesting how scripture speaks of change. Happy Sunday
Be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Romans 12:2
If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…Jeremiah 7:5
Unless you change…Matthew 18:3
We will all be changed…1 Corinthians 15:51
To be made new in the attitudes of your minds…Ephesians 4:23
And then there’s the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.